Mobiles


Even though Alexander Calder, the inventor of the modern mobile, is not a household name his heritage is very much alive beyond fashions and trends. With its contemplative beauty and magnificient spatial effect on rooms the mobile has become a timeless art form. We present mobiles for adults, children and babies by the traditional Danish manufacturer Flensted Mobiles and the German art studio Lappalainen.

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Studio Lappalainen

In an old industrial building ((and former concert location of bands like Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine) near Frankfurt Rivka Baake and silversmith Wilfrid Kreutz set up their Studio Lappalainen. That's where they handcraft a small and beautiful collection of brass and copper mobiles in the tradition of Calder.
 

 

Flensted Mobiles

The family-run Flensted Mobiles company resides in an old school building on the island of Funen, Denmark, and has stayed through to its values for 65 years already: lovable, unobtrusive and non-kitsch designs in the best tradition of Danish design. Assembling, balancing and packing the mobiles requires a lot of manual labour which is partly done in homework by people living on Funen. Mainly producing from cardboard, wood and metal Flensted offers a wide range of beautiful mobiles from the small children's mobile to the impressive kinetic giant sculpture.
 

 

Livingly

Behind Livingly are the graphic designer and architect Louise Helmersen, who designs the Mobiles, and her husband Kent Sejdelin as managing director of Livingly. The two started producing papeterie art around 20 years ago. The mobiles are manufactured locally in handwork by around 50 homeworkers from the area surrounding the small town of Brenderup. The mobiles are made of simple materials (paper, wood, felt) and make a great impression thanks to the conscientious production and the great designs.
 

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Where to hang a mobile:

A mobile is actually quite functional and has various effects inside a room:

Above low furniture like tables, sidetables, commodes or the telly there is usually a lot of empty space offering nothing to the eye but the surrounding walls. A mobile can fill such spaces with life and set an elegant contrast to the static architecture.

The corners of any room are often neglected. An upright mobile with elements stacked above each other find space here.

Above eye level rarely hangs anything but a lamp. Place a wide mobile above the usual field of view makes you aware of this area and thereby makes a room seem more spatial.

In fornt of a window is another nice place for a mobile: bright daylight or sunshine make the mobile shine or sparkle (according to the material) while with bad weather the mobile will distract you from exactly that. Please note that the warmth of straight sunlight might affect some materials (especially synthetic substances).

Light and shadow anhance the spatial effect: Especially wide reaching mobiles go through impressive movements which can be projected onto the walls by a nearby lightsource. 

In office rooms, workspaces, waiting rooms and stores the mobile offers a delightful distraction for your eyes.

In a representational lobby or entrance a very large mobile can make a great impression.

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